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Business and Management (with Foundation Year)

Please note the tariff points stated for this course are indicative. The tariff points for 2018 will be published by August 2017.

About this course

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Bristol Business School
Four years full-time; five years sandwich
Full-time; sandwich
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Programme leader:
Clayton Davies and Dr Selen Kars

Page last updated 24 May 2017


Why BA(Hons) Business and Management?

How do we create sustainable businesses? How will businesses compete in a highly competitive, globalised market? Businesses are constantly having to challenge their position, re-invent themselves and face the threats of competitors in a rapidly changing globalised industry. Students no longer need just business theory but vital skills, experience and cutting-edge knowledge of how real businesses work.

Why study our course?

At UWE we do just that. We equip you with the real-world skills, knowledge and experience to hit the ground running and stand out from the crowd.

This practical and flexible course, recognised and valued by employers, offers a broad and comprehensive business degree. It is driven by the needs of organisations, with an emphasis on practice-led teaching and skills development. Aimed at those who want a business career but not yet ready to specialise, the flexible nature of the course gives you lots of choice and opportunities to hone interests and skills through numerous specialised modules.

Taught by enthusiastic research-active experts with valuable industry knowledge, you will learn about the main organisational functions marketing, finance and human resource management through relevant modules such as Meeting the Management Challenge, Global Marketing Management, Digital Marketing and International HRM. 

Real-world skills and experience

In addition to being academically rigorous with a strong focus on group collaborative work and academic writing, we ensure you graduate 'work ready' with the skills to succeed.

Opportunities to gain paid work experience through placements and internships, along with guest speakers, real case studies, competitions and online simulations, ensure you have regular access to the real world from day one. You will apply what you learn to real business situations, giving you a career head start and a brighter future.

Where it can take you

Anywhere! Your career options are truly limitless and, depending on specialisms, you could enter successful and rewarding careers in management, marketing, finance and HR with large blue chip companies and small to medium enterprises, both nationally and internationally.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:



In a Foundation year (Year zero), the content is designed to develop your academic skills. It also raises awareness of the relevance law, economics, accounting, plus business and management, will play in your future, professional lives.

You are encouraged to develop as reflective learners and will gain an understanding of the attributes that graduates of UWE Bristol attain, such as being self-reliant, enterprising, future-facing, collaborative and globally responsible citizens.

Much of the scheduled class time will be spent in rooms equipped for technology-supported work in groups. Teaching methods will be engaging as staff use the latest techniques and technologies to enhance the learning experience.

The four modules will have three hours of teaching each week (12 hours of scheduled class time in total). On four occasions during the year, the whole 12 hours will be spent team-working on a joint project. One of the weeks will result in an exhibition of assessed group posters, another will produce individual personal development plans.

Foundation year (Year zero)

  • Becoming a Professional
  • Introduction to Organisations, Enterprise and Management 
  • Economics and Accounting for the Real World
  • Introduction to Law in a Social, Business and Global Context.

You will study the Foundation year alongside students from other business and law courses and so you may transfer to another course in one of these areas at the end of a successful Foundation year. The normal expectation is that you must pass all Year zero modules before progressing to Year one. Students seeking transfer to BA(Hons) Business (Team Entrepreneurship) would be required to pass an interview process. Transfer to BSc(Hons) Economics (as distinct from BA(Hons)Economics)  would require an A level in Mathematics.

Year one

The first year provides a foundation for the development of the knowledge, skills and attributes necessary for future success.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Introduction to Business and Management
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
  • Understanding Business and Financial Information (Business, International and Management)
  • Understanding the Business and Economic Environment
  • Understanding Organisations and People (Business, International and Management)
  • Understanding the Principles of Marketing (Business, International and Management)
  • Contemporary Business Issues
  • Business Decision Making for Management

Year two

In the second year, you will study modules relating to the main functional areas of business, including a range of specialist module options, and you will develop your research and enquiry skills.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Managing People
  • Management Skills (Business and Management)
  • Accounting Information for Business (Business, International and Management)
  • International Business
  • Research Methods for Business
  • Introductory Research Project
  • Managing Business Processes (Business, International and Management)

In addition, you will study one of the following optional modules:

  • Market Analysis for Private Investors
  • International Trade and Multinational Business
  • Good Business, Bad Business and Sustainability
  • Integrated Marketing Communications
  • Management Communication and Decision-Making
  • Employment Relations OR Equality Law and Diversity Management
  • Entrepreneurship and Small Business
  • Digital Business Management
  • Credit Management: Theory and Practice

All students are encouraged to spend their third year on placement and the curriculum in the second year provides support in securing this placement.

Final year

The final year will include a major project, modules which require the integration of the knowledge gained in the earlier years of study and a number of advanced business module options which allow you to further develop your specific interests. The final year curriculum also includes a focus on managing change, both in organisational terms and in terms of your own career.

You will study one of the following major projects:

  • Work-based Enquiry Project
  • Critical Business Enquiry Project
  • Enterprise Project
  • Applied Business Project
  • Business Project

In addition, you will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Strategic Management (Business, International and Management)
  • Managing Organisational Change (Business, International and Management)
  • Integrated Business Simulation

In addition, you will study three optional modules from the list below OR two if a Study Year Abroad (SYA) or Placement Year has been completed:

  • International Financial Management
  • Investment Management
  • Personal Financial Planning
  • The Economics of Developing Countries
  • Sustainable Business
  • Events and Festivals Management
  • Global Marketing Management
  • Public Relations
  • Interactive and Digital Marketing
  • Competing Through Quality
  • Project Management
  • Coaching in Organisations
  • Organisational Leadership
  • HR Development and Knowledge Management
  • International HRM
  • International Business in the Emerging Markets
  • Business Innovation and Growth
  • Entrepreneurship: Ideas and Practice
  • Virtual Business
  • Accounting for Managers
  • Brand Management
  • Work Integrated Learning

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved we will inform you.

For the International variations of this course, modules may change.

Learning and Teaching

The course is taught through lectures, seminars, workshops, group work, case studies, exercises online and simulation activities. Throughout, the learner is encouraged to undertake independent reading both to supplement and consolidate what is being taught/learnt and to broaden their individual knowledge and understanding of the subject.

For more details see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.


You will be assessed through a mix of coursework and examinations, all of which aim to assess not only what you know and can do, but also to develop the graduate attributes that are valued by employers. These attributes include communication and presentation skills, IT and numeracy skills, team work, project and time management skills, as well as the intellectual skills of problem solving, critical thinking, analysis and evaluation, creativity and innovation.

Coursework comes in many different forms: essays and reports; business plans and applied research projects; portfolios and weekly notes; assessed group and individual presentations and posters. You will also be required to reflect and comment on your own learning and personal development.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.


Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

Students who successfully complete the academic module 'Coaching in Organisations' will be awarded the ILM Level 3 Award in Coaching.


You are encouraged to undertake a 40-week paid sandwich placement, relevant to your degree. Placements are taken after the second year of study and could be based in the UK or internationally.

This is a valuable and rewarding aspect of your course allowing you to gain real-world experience, develop key skills and increase your employability on graduation.

The Faculty has a strong and growing network of placement organisations and past students have secured roles at Rolls Royce, HP, IBM, NHS, Hayes, Microsoft, Maclaren F1 and Lidl in marketing, recruitment and other business areas.

You will receive support in finding a placement and guidance throughout from our award-winning Careers and Employability service and departmental staff.

Study year abroad

As an alternative to a sandwich placement, there may be opportunities to undertake a study year abroad where courses are taught in English. Employers look favourably upon graduates who have studied overseas on account of them having acquired a global perspective which is becoming even more valuable with increasingly globalised markets.

Study facilities

Your learning is supported through the provision of high-quality study facilities; an excellent library, with a dedicated Business Librarian, and study skills to help you develop the information literacy skills essential in identifying and evaluating resources. We also have flexible learning spaces in the Business School with wireless internet access and study areas, complete with sofas and areas for group working.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.

Developing crucial skills

This course places a strong emphasis on developing crucial skills to not only help get you through your degree but also to give you a competitive edge in the graduate market. From day one you will take part in skills workshops and employability sessions where you will learn how to present, write reports, critically analyse, evaluate and self-reflect, interpret data, communicate in a range of ways, work in teams, work independently, deal with conflict, manage time and learn how to be flexible, resilient and self-motivating.

These crucial skills, valued by employers, set you up for your career and allow you to adapt and respond to a number of work tasks and situations in diverse settings.


Careers / Further study

Due to the broad degree and many specialisms you will benefit from diverse career pathways in a range of sectors including management roles in retail, marketing, HR and recruitment. Bristol has a strong local labour market and employers highly value and recognise our course and students. UWE has established good links with organisations and past graduates have secured roles with multinationals, small to medium enterprises and in the public sector.  

Many students also take up graduate management schemes, go onto further study or progress to teaching or research careers.

Your career options are truly limitless - one of the benefits of such a broad and practical degree with a strong focus on employability. 

Award-winning Careers Service

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real-world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real-world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.


Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee13000
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1625

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Over 4 years1200
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Over 4 years with placement1500
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year300

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those that students could reasonably expect to incur during their studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

For information about funding for undergraduate courses see our funding pages.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 48
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language and Mathematics, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of one A-Level.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; no specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

Students who expect to achieve a higher tariff score may also be interested in our BA(Hons) Business and Management course.

How to apply

Please see the general information about applications.

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